EA251-5-FY-CO:
Stage Combat II

The details
2019/20
East 15 Acting School
Colchester Campus
Full Year
Undergraduate: Level 5
Current
Thursday 03 October 2019
Friday 26 June 2020
30
04 July 2019

 

Requisites for this module
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Key module for

BA W412 Acting and Stage Combat

Module description

Term One - Two-handed Weapons Systems
This unit will build on the basics of Rapier and Dagger taught in Year 1 and introduce you to other forms of stage combat that require the manipulation of weapons with both hands. Part of this will be sword and shield, in which you will use a shield as well as a bladed weapon for the first time. Additionally, you may explore other forms of
fighting with multiple weapons such as Rapier & Buckler and Rapier & Cloak. Using two weapons will require a greater degree of balance, as the students manipulate the weighty weapons in individual hands. The aim of the unit is to broaden students' repertoire of weapon skills at advanced level appropriate to the standards demanded
by the industry. It will call on the footwork and blade work covered in previous modules, but also introduce new manoeuvres specific to this weapon discipline. In this second year of study, more will be expected in relation to connecting the skills and techniques of a weapons system and in-depth character work and performance. The final assessment will place a great emphasis of the performance skills of the students.

Term Two – Knife
This weapon skill introduces you to a new fighting distance - due to the length of the blade. The techniques for knife combine the skills acquired in both unarmed and armed combat. In this second year of study, more will be expected in relation to connecting the skills and techniques of a weapons system and in-depth character work
and performance. The unit acquaints students with the advanced weapon skills necessary to perform in the professional arena. It will call on the footwork and targeting covered in previous modules, but also introduce numerous new manoeuvre specific to this weapon discipline. The rhythm, tempo and speed of a knife fight will
be completely different to any other weapon system you will have previously explored.

Terms Two - Fighting on Camera
This unit will introduce students to performing fights on camera. You will be presented with the disciplines involved in creating a variety of styles of combat, both as foreground and background artists within the particular technical requirements often encountered in the filming of drama. You will create short fight scenes, which will be
recorded on digital video and used for feedback discussion about how techniques need to be presented to be effective for the camera. This will call upon all the skills that you have been developing throughout your time at East 15 and prepare you for Year Three, where you will be able to work with and manipulate filmed sequences. This will overlap with other units of the course.

Term Three - Smallsword
This unit will introduce you to a new form of stage combat; this weapon and style will require a greater delicacy of swordplay, pointwork, and footwork than you will have previously encountered. The style of fighting, stance and footwork are more demanding than previous weapons work. In this second year of study, more will be expected
in relation to connecting the skills and techniques of a weapons system and in-depth character work and performance. The unit acquaints students with the advanced weapon skills necessary to perform in the professional arena. It will call on the footwork and pointwork covered in previous modules, but also introduce new manoeuvres specific to this 18th-century weapon.

Module aims

To provide knowledge and understanding of:
- Stage combat disciplines and weapons skills
- Practical application of the required moves from the course syllabus
- Partnering skills, team work and movement skills
- Skills needed to perform a choreographed fight, safely and dramatically, within the context of a scene
- Safety requirements inherent in a weapons discipline
- Team work and disciplines required to perform group combat safely and effectively
- Applying combat skills under differing performance criteria
- The technical requirements involved in recording action scenes

Module learning outcomes

- Competently handle the taught weapons
- Understand the safety factors involved when performing with the taught weapons
- Competently participate in group fight performances
- Capture period style when performing staged fights
- State the safety practices required when performing stage combat in group fights
- State the safety practices required when performing within the technical requirements of recorded medium
- Demonstrate an ability to identify problems and produce practical solutions within a given frame of reference

Module information

No additional information available.

Learning and teaching methods

Practical Classes, independent study, rehearsals, screenings.

Bibliography

This module does not appear to have a published bibliography.

Overall assessment

Coursework Exam
100% 0%

Reassessment

Coursework Exam
100% 0%
Module supervisor and teaching staff
Nick Hall, and staff
For further information please email halln@essex.ac.uk

 

Availability
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External examiner

Mr Philip D'Orleans
Physical Skills Instructor
Resources
Available via Moodle
No lecture recording information available for this module.

 

Further information
East 15 Acting School

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